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Mobilize: Performance Art from Ireland @Boston Cyberarts Gallery

  • Boston Cyberarts Gallery 141 Green Street Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130 United States (map)

Friday and Saturday, September 29-30, 2017
Boston Cyberarts Hosts Mobius : Mobilize: Performance Art from Ireland

Friday, September 29 at 7 pm, two live performances by the internationally renowned artists Alastair MacLennan in Ash She He, and Sinéad O’Donnell in After Laughter.
Saturday, September 30 at 7 pm, Interference: Irish Performance on Video,
curated by EL Putnam.
Suggested donation of $10.

Alastair MacLennan on his performance AshSheHe

1) The performance will engage: "...empathy across conflicting identity(ies)..." "...transforming suffering..." "...justifying (or otherwise) conflict to public/private conscience..." "...stagnation transitioning to fruitful futures..."

2) Same difference: "...seeing sameness in difference and difference in sameness..." "... showing what we hide...hiding what we show..."


Sinead O’Donnell on her performance After Laughter
“Words come to my head, visions come to my mind… I scrape through a sort of black hole imagining the future as a performance I will make.”
My work explores identity, borders and barriers through encounters with territory and the territorial. I set up actions or situations that demonstrate complexities, contradictions or commonality between medium and discipline, timing and spontaneity, intuition and methodology, artist and audience.  I use my body to investigate both my own and cultural boundaries, particularly in relation to the restrictions placed on women.

Interference: Irish Performance on Video is a selection of videos and documentation, curated by EL Putnam, presenting a range of dynamic performance practices currently taking place in Ireland. Participating artists include: Fergus Byrne, Amanda Coogan, Celina Muldoon, Siobhan Mullen, Rosalind Murray, Áine Phillips, and EL Putnam. In addition, the program includes a screening of Future Histories, documentation of a 12-hour performance event at Kilmainham Gaol that responded to the site's iconic associations with the 1916 Easter Rising.


Alastair MacLennan represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, with inter-media work commemorating the names of all those who died as a result of the Political Troubles in Northern Ireland, from 1969 to then date (1997). During the 1970's and '80's he made some long, non-stop performances in Britain, America and Canada, of up to 144 hours duration. Subject matter dealt with political, social and cultural malfunction. Since 1975 he has been based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was a founding member of Belfast's Art and Research Exchange (1978). Since 1975 he was a Senior Lecturer at Ulster Polytechnic, later, the University of Ulster, where for eleven years he ran the Master of Arts (MA) Fine Art program. Currently, he travels regularly to Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, North America and Canada presenting Actuations (performance/ installations). Since 1989 he's been a member of the performance art entity, Black Market International, which performs globally. He is presently an Emeritus Professor of Fine Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, an Honorary Fellow of the (former) Dartington College of Arts, Devon, England, an Honorary Associate of the (former) National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Scotland and a founding member of Belfast's Bbeyond performance art organization.

Sinéad O’Donnell has worked in performance, installation, site and time-based art for the past 20 years. Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sinéad studied sculpture at the University of Ulster, textiles in Dublin and visual performance and time-based practices at Dartington College of Arts. She was lead artist and curator for an ‘Unlimited’ commission entitled CAUTION, as part of the London 2012 Festival. She is currently a Flax Arts Studios artist, Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Sinéad's practice is nomadic and travel has broadened her cultural perceptions and influenced her artistic sensibilities regarding time and space. She is active on the Belfast performance art scene working with local organizations to foster performance art activity and supporting emerging artists in her community. Curating artists, exchanges, projects and exhibitions between Northern Ireland and Canada, Chile, Croatia, Germany, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Japan, Iraq, Montreal, Peru, Transylvania region Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Poland, Peru, Montreal and U.S.A.

EL Putnam is an interdisciplinary artist who works predominately in photography, video, and performance art. Just as she utilizes a variety of media in her artistic practice, her work too draws from multiple themes and sources, including travel and tourism, materialism, and explorations of gender and sexuality. These ideas become intertwined through notions of personal and cultural circumspection.  EL has received a B.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, a B.A. from Tufts University in International Relations, an M.A. from Simmons College in Gender and Cultural Studies, and a Ph.D. in Aesthetics, Art Theory, and Philosophy from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. She is a member of Mobius Artists Group, and is currently living in Dublin, Ireland.

Mobius Artists Group will be in residence at Boston Cyberarts Gallery in Jamaica Plain for six weeks, from September 8 – October 15, 2017.  They will present four different programs that span the visual arts, performance art, video, and music, by group members as well as international artists.  The gallery is located at 141 Green Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, on the plaza level at the Green Street T Station on the Orange Line.


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